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Friday, May 21, 2010

HF SkyWatch, FiveFAVES, Color and Beauty

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and Mosaic Monday too ...

1. Remember how Mom's Azalea got broken again in February of this year? I'm happy to report that it's coming back for the second time ... slowly but surely. The piece I planted in the parkway is still struggling and may not make it, but the original plant seems healthier this time around ... though very small at this point.

What it looked like in February ...

... and what it looks like now ;-)

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2. It's been a while now since I've seen blue skies like those in the Haiku Sky Watch logo below ... but the bare branches of the tree next door show signs of Spring.

Grey & drizzily
skies of late keep temp'ratures
in the mid 60s

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3. Over the past few afternoons (once the drizzles stopped) I've put some of the colorful new bedding plants in the ground ... and intend to get the rest planted today and/or tomorrow. I was tempted to leave the bright orange Nemesia in a pot on the patio, but decided to put it in the ground near the yellow & orange Lantana.

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4. The first two blooms on my newly planted Veteran's Honor rose bush lasted for almost 5 weeks and I suspected it might need time to recover ... but to my surprise I discovered a new bud on it just yesterday. In addition, the African Iris (otherwise known as Fortnight Lily) have started to bloom in the neighborhood ... though MINE hasn't produced any buds yet.

Veteran's Honor rose bud above and
African Iris/Fortnight Lily blooms below ...

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Mellow Yellow & Today's Flowers

5. Yesterday I went with a friend to see Hershey Felder in his latest one man musical bio-play at the Laguna Playhouse, Beethoven as I Knew Him ... and it was so WONDERFUL that I'm thinking about returning to see it again! I'm looking forward to him in Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein later in the season and hope to see his pieces about Fryderyk Chopin and George Gershwin one day. We enjoyed an early dinner on the patio of the Beachcomber Cafe on the beach in Crystal Cove on the way home.

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Thought for Today
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." C.S. Lewis


Pamela said...

love the CS Lewis quote. wish I could believe it enough to act upon it.

beautiful Iris.. never heard of it before.

Kim, USA said...

I have one but not Azalea, its my peony, whom hubby accidentally mowed. Thankfully I see it coming back but I know it won't have a blossom this year but hoping for next year. Love your flower collage very colorful. Happy weekend!
Color Carnival

LadyFi said...

Such gorgeous flowers - and a hint of spring in spite of the grey skies.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I've never seen or heard of an African Iris, but it's dainty and beautiful. So glad the azelia is making a comeback!

"Lillagul" said...

Lovely flower collage for Color Carnival !
That African Iris was a really beutiful flower !
I don´t believe that I ever seen one before.
Have a nice sunday !

Susanne said...

Such colorful flowers in your collage.

I had big plans to plant flowers out this weekend but it's supposed to get down to 1 degree above freezing tonight. With rain all week. Brrrr.

That play sounds very interesting. I have never seen a one man play before.

DeniseinVA said...

Great post, lovely photos and I'm glad your Mom's azaleas are coming back. Have a great week.

Kala said...

What a beautifully colored iris!

Birgitta said...

Beautiful flower collage!

Ingmarie We said...

Lovely flowers, beautiful mosaic and interesting post!

Karen said...

We've been experiencing a lot of grey, rainy days too! Mark and I did, however, manage to put in some more hostas, a couple of Jethro Tulls, and fill our deck boxes and barrels with colorful annuals on Friday--yay! Now I can stare out the kitchen window in the morning with my cup of coffee, enjoying the color--and soon, I'll actually be able to sit on the deck! I often think of you when I'm enjoying my own flowers--because you so often write and take lovely pictures of your own!!

Stephanie V said...

That lily is gorgeous. I love the yellow markings.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely flowers and mosaics. Well done!

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

Pretty flowers for Color Carnival! Hope all is well in your world :-)

Joy Des Jardins said...

I hope you are doing well Virgina...I think about you often and hope you're having a lot of fun in your retired life.

Love the rose bud pic....take care... Hugs, Joy

Linda :) said...

Visiting via Color Carnival... beautiful flower collage!! :)

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